In the midst of a tumultuous year that had a global pandemic pushing kids out of school buildings, and, months later, their parents rallying for them to get back in.....New Hartford School Superintendent, Robert Nole, resigned from the post he's held for 13 years in the district he's served for 18. Reactions from parents on social media range from, "Wow! About time!" to "He is one of the best! Sad to see him go." Nina Leist graduated from New Hartford and has two children, a 2nd grader and a 4th grader, in the district. She's also co-president of the PTA.
"You know, I'll be honest with you. I think Bob and the district over the past 17 years, I think they've accommplished many great things and I think they positiioned New Hartford to be an educational institution of excellence," says Leist.
Leist thinks students should be back in school full-time. She doesn't think one person or entity is to blame for that not happening.
"I think there was a lack of communication and a lack of transparency amongst everybody and I think that that needs to be corrected and I feel like now we're moving in the right direction," says Leist.
Nole, in his resignation letter, called serving at the district's helm the 'honor of a lifetime' and reflected upon some of the district's accomplishments under his leadership.
"Throughout this era, our beloved students have flourished and New Hartford has continually received awards as one of the top-rated school districts in the nation. The district received multiple Gold and Silver Medals by U.S. News and World Report and our schools were recognized as a National Ribbon School of Excellence," said Nole.
According to what appears to be a copy of Nole's contract with the district on the SeeThroughNY website, he signed in 2017 to make $200,882 annually, with an annual increase of 2.25%. That contract is up in April of 2022. Newschannel 2 has filed a formal request with the school district to learn how much, if anything, the district has to pay Nole for the remainder of his contract. The district will work with BOCES leadership to find an interim superintendent. Nole's resignation is effective April 1st of this year.